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calibrate

[ kal-uh-breyt ]
/ 藞k忙l 蓹藢bre瑟t /
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Definition of calibrate

verb (used with object), cal路i路brat路ed, cal路i路brat路ing.
to determine, check, or rectify the graduation of (any instrument giving quantitative measurements).
to divide or mark with gradations, graduations, or other indexes of degree, quantity, etc., as on a thermometer, measuring cup, or the like.
to determine the correct range for (an artillery gun, mortar, etc.) by observing where the fired projectile hits.
to plan or devise (something) carefully so as to have a precise use, application, appeal, etc.: a sales strategy calibrated to rich investors.
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Origin of calibrate

First recorded in 1860鈥65; calib(e)r + -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM calibrate

cal路i路bra路tion [kal-uh-brey-shuhn], /藢k忙l 蓹藞bre瑟 蕛蓹n/, nouncal路i路bra路tor, cal路i路brat路er, nounre路cal路i路brate, verb (used with or without object), re路cal路i路brat路ed, re路cal路i路brat路ing.un路cal路i路brat路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for calibrate

calibrate
/ (藞k忙l瑟藢bre瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to measure the calibre of (a gun, mortar, etc)
to mark (the scale of a measuring instrument) so that readings can be made in appropriate units
to determine the accuracy of (a measuring instrument, etc)
to determine or check the range and accuracy of (a piece of artillery)

Derived forms of calibrate

calibration, nouncalibrator or calibrater, noun
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Scientific definitions for calibrate

calibrate
[ k膬l蓹-br膩t鈥 ]

To check, adjust, or standardize a measuring instrument, usually by comparing it with an accepted model.
To measure the diameter of the inside of a tube.
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